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Our Lord in the Attic

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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40, 1012 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 624 6604
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Description: In the heart of Amsterdam's bustling centre lies one of the city's oldest...
In the heart of Amsterdam's bustling centre lies one of the city's oldest museums: Our Lord in the Attic. Here visitors get to experience the Dutch Golden Age in a special way: a 17th-century house with a top floor converted into a Catholic church.
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Wonderfully eccentric museum

No museum more fully captures the unique flavour of Amstterdam. The idea of building a church in the attic would not occur to anyone but a Dutchman. It flies in the face of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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Bolton, United Kingdom

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

No museum more fully captures the unique flavour of Amstterdam. The idea of building a church in the attic would not occur to anyone but a Dutchman. It flies in the face of received wisdom, yet is an entirely practical solution, marvellously carried out. No one should miss it.

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Odessa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It was well worth the star climb. It is amazing that they could build a beautiful church in such a small space. The alter and frescoes were magnificent. It is hard to imagine that such a small church could hold 150 people. We went in the morning and it was not crowded and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Wetzikon, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Found it to be very good Value for money it is both interesting and and well maintianed. You can wonder around at your own pace and take in as much or as little information as you choose.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This museum was very lovely and educational. I felt it was a little pricey(especially because of all the reno) but it was nice that the audio tour was included. It felt very choppy and found it confusing on which way to go. One member of our group was talking about an area the other 3 of us didn't even see.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This church is a bit tricky to locate, but once you do it is an interesting place to visit. It is undergoing renovation right now but it is still open and there is much to see and appreciate.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This niche museum in the Red Light District is not for everyone, but tells a great historical story. A businessman built a church in his attic for Catholic worshipers. The museum is undergoing a renovation and expansion, so not all parts are accessible and we initially could not find it due to the scaffolding. Lots of narrow staircases to climb.... More 

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Yantai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

As of July 2015, the museum was being refurbished on the outside and connected the adjacent building via an underground tunnel. The new building will serve as an entrance, store, and garbroom. For now, the construction makes the entrance a bit hard to find; don't be afraid to ask for help from the workers. We visited on a Friday, and... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Not only is this an amazing story about church history and people's determination to worship. But you are able to actuallly see up to the very wheel (still functioning) that hauls things up by use of that hanging rope

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Hartsville, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

After visiting the Old Church, my wife and I visited Our Lord in the Attic. Together, these two churches tell a story of the view of religion in Amsterdam, past and present. This residential location is also interesting, in that it is in the middle of what is now the red light district. However, given a historical view, it shows... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

So interesting to see this church in the middle of the red light district (who knew?) and to hear the story behind it. Pretty amazing.

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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40, 1012 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 624 6604
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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